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September 4, 2014, 7:25 PM

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Brian X. Chen / New York Times:
New, larger iPhones to offer one-handed mode for easier typing; iWatch circuit board is “tiny”  —  Apple Nears Introduction of Smartwatch and Bigger iPhones  —  SAN FRANCISCO — When Apple wants to make a big splash, it returns to its history.
Jordan Kahn / 9to5Mac:
Apple announces live stream for Sept. 9 iPhone/iWatch event  —  Apple has just announced that it will be live streaming its upcoming event later this month on September 9th.  Its website also includes a countdown clock pictured above and a link for Apple users to add the event to their calendar.
Wall Street Journal:
Apple's smartwatch will come in two sizes, both with curved OLED screens and NFC  —  Apple's Watch to Usher In Short-Range Wireless  —  Coming Smartwatch, iPhone Will Have Technology to Provide Tap-to-Pay Features  —  Apple Inc. plans to include short-range wireless technology in its coming smartwatch …
Noah Everett / Twitpic Blog:
Twitpic to shut down September 25, citing trademark dispute with Twitter  —  Twitpic is shutting down  —  Twitpic will be shutting down September 25th.  You will be able to export all your photos and videos.  We'll let everyone know when this feature is live in the next few days.
Nancy Scola / Washington Post:
White House names Google's Megan Smith US CTO, Twitter's Alexander Macgillivray Deputy US CTO  —  White House names Google's Megan Smith the next Chief Technology Officer of the United States  —  The White House announced Thursday that it has named its next Chief Technology Officer.
Ian Kar / Bank Innovation:
Apple Said to Negotiate Deep Payments Discounts from Big Banks  —  Apple reportedly has reached deals to lower its card transaction fees with five of the largest financial institutions in the nation as part of the Silicon Valley giant's to-be-launched payments venture.
Yoree Koh / Wall Street Journal:
Twitter's CFO hints that the company's product priorities include group chat, improving search, and surfacing older tweets  —  Twitter's Product Checklist: Better Search and Group Chats?  —  A souped-up search engine.  An improved algorithm.  Group chatting.
Sven Grundberg / Wall Street Journal:
LG G Watch R will be available in retail stores Oct. 14 with a price tag higher than original $230 LG G Watch  —  LG Sets a Date for Its New Round-Faced Smartwatch  —  South Korea's LG Electronics on Thursday spilled out some more details on its coming G Watch R smartwatch …
Emil Protalinski / The Next Web:
Facebook's updated Slingshot lifts reciprocation burden, allows sending of “unlocked” photos and videos  —  Facebook's Slingshot: Send Unlocked Photos and Videos  —  Facebook today updated its Slingshot app for Android and iOS, changing the only feature that makes the app unique.
Ben Dummett / Wall Street Journal:
Hootsuite raises $35M led by Fidelity Investments at an $800M valuation  —  Canada's Hootsuite Secures $35 Million Investment from Fidelity-Led Group  —  Investment Raises Media Company's Value to Nearly $800 Million  —  TORONTO—Canada's Hootsuite Media Inc. has secured $35 million …
More: BetaKit and VentureBeat
Matt Mullenweg / WordPress News:
WordPress 4.0 released with easier embeds, a plugin browser, and an auto-expanding editor  —  WordPress 4.0 “Benny”  —  Version 4.0 of WordPress, named “Benny” in honor of jazz clarinetist and bandleader Benny Goodman, is available for download or update in your WordPress dashboard.
New York Times:
Labor groups claim Apple supplier failed to provide adequate protective equipment, facility maintenance, and fire training; Apple is “investigating”  —  Groups Accuse Apple Supplier of Labor Violations  —  HONG KONG — With its stock near a high and its latest iPhone expected …
Matthew Miller / ZDNet:
Huawei announces flagship Ascend Mate 7 with 6" display, 8 cores, and fingerprint scanner  —  IFA 2014: Huawei announces Ascend Mate 7; huge display, minimal bezel, eight cores  —  Summary: Huawei continues to release high quality phones at reasonable prices and the upcoming Mate 7 looks …
Casey Newton / The Verge:
Rdio redesigns apps to emphasize Pandora-like ad-supported radio stations for free users  —  Rdio redesigns its service to emphasize radio and recommendations  —  Rdio, the best music-streaming service that (statistically) you're not using, is unveiling a smart redesign Thursday morning aimed at helping you discover new music faster.
Ashlee Vance / Businessweek:
Intellectual Ventures: Patent Troll Funds Startups, New Products  —  The dietary habits of Finland's populace went through a drastic change in 2011.  Thanks to the low-carb craze and a rising preference for all-natural products, Finns started eating butter with impunity.
More: Techdirt
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
LogMeIn Buys YC-Backed Meldium For $15M To Add Single-Sign On To Its Service  —  LogMeIn, a company that provides remote connectivity solutions to businesses and individuals, today is announcing an interesting acquisition that builds out the kinds of services it can offer and taps further …
Cecilia Kang / Washington Post:
Google agrees to pay $19 million in FTC in-app kids lawsuit  —  Federal officials on Thursday announced Google has agreed to settle charges and repay $19 million to consumers whose children were allegedly deceived into making mobile purchases through the Android app store.

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